How to cablecast a  program on the NSTV channel.

NSTV accepts TV programs from residents of the Incorporated Villages of Great Neck/North Shore that include: Great Neck, Great Neck Plaza, Great Neck Estates, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Success, Thomaston, Saddle Rock, Russell Gardens, Plandome, Plandome Heights, Plandome Manor, Munsey Park, Flower Hill, and North Hills.

Additionally, NSTV accepts programming from producers outside the area if the producer has a sponsor who is a resident of one of the Incorporated Villages of Great Neck/North Shore (see above).

Series and Single Specials

There are two ways to air programming on NSTV, as a regularly scheduled series or a single special. All application forms and policies can be  downloaded (here),  picked up from our offices or mailed to you..

You (or your sponsor) are also required to provide one form of photo ID and proof of residency.

If your program (series) is new to NSTV, the Forms must be accompanied by a link or DVD of your program for reviewing.

Single Programs:

If you have a program ready to submit, complete the Program Proposal Form, Cablecast Request Form* and Statement of Compliance. Hand it in by the 5th of the month along with your tape and proof of ID and residency, to Barbara Morrell, or mail it to NSTV 1111 Marcus Avenue, Suite LL27, Lake Success, NY 11042. One dvd for each program request application form.

* We will try to get the program on the following months schedule if there are any open time slots.  However, we can not guarantee that you will get the time slot you request.

Regularly Scheduled Series:

To apply for a series, submit a Cablecast Request Form, Statement of Compliance, a Program Proposal and a pilot program to Barbara Morrell. Specific dates for submitting forms for Series Request will be mailed 1 month prior to start of new series.  (Next Date for Series Renewals is January 2020).  Time slots for series are guaranteed for 1 year.

Technical Standards:

NSTV strives to improve the technical quality of the programming we air. We rely upon producers to make sure that the programs you submit meet our technical requirements, or we will not be able to play it. To ensure better quality playback, we only accept programs on DVD or File.

For File Bases Submissions:

Formatting a video file for Playback on NSTV:
We currently accept to video formats for submission to NSTV. We can accept any mpeg2 file (.mpg .mpeg) as long as the video size is 720X480.

In addition to mpeg2, we can accept quicktime movie files (.mov). There are certain parameters that need to be followed when submitting a .mov file.

  1. File must use the H.264 Codec.
  2. Frame Rate must be set to 29.97
  3. Image size must be set to 720X480
  4. The audio codec used must be AAC (AAC or AAC-LC)
  5. The audio sample rate must be set to 48Khz

When exporting using Quicktime Conversion (Final Cut Pro) or from Quicktime Pro, it should look as follows:

Setting the appropriate codec/Frame Rate

Choosing the correct image size under “Size Settings”

Always preserve aspect ratio using “Letterbox” when given the option

Audio codec can be found under “Format” as well as sample rate are all found under the sound setting window.

Files can be dropped off to the office using an external hard drive or a flash drive. Alternatively files can be submitted digitally through a direct download link on sites like Vimeo or through web services like Dropbox.

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Community Media Day

October 18th

On Friday, October 18, 2019NSTV (formerly known as PATV) will be celebrating both “Community Media Day” at our TV studio facility located at 1111 Marcus Avenue, Suite LL-27, Lake Success, NY 11042 and the official launch of our new moniker “NSTV – North Shore TV”.

At 1:00 p.m. (EST) elected officials that are attending will take part in the ribbon cutting for the opening of Studio B, that was dedicated to Shirley Ann Bruno, Executive Director, Emeritus.

The “Open House” and tour of the studio open to the public, from 2-4 pm (EDT) will be streamed LIVE on nstv.org/livestream and on our Facebook page: NSTV – North Shore TV, also cablecast on channels 20 (Optimum) and 37 (Verizon).

Erica Bradley, NSTV Executive Director  and staff will be welcoming everyone into the studio and offering fundraising raffle tickets for purchase to win special prizes!  

Everyone is invited to attend – no charge – come and see the award winning community media center that has been serving the community since 1984, and learn how you too can become an award winning television producer, volunteer or crew member through our available TV production workshops.